Review: Strings of Fate by Deirdre Dore ★★★

17571187Strings of Fate by Deirdre Dore
Genre: Romantic mystery/thriller
Series: Mistresses of Fate #1
Publication Date: January 6th 2014
ISBN: 9781476727707
Page Count: 280
Rating: ★★★
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Lynsey
Buy Link: AMAZON
Synopsis: In the first novel in an intriguing romantic suspense trilogy, a yoga instructor unintentionally lures a serial killer to her small town and finds herself falling for the sexy FBI agent sent to hunt him down.

Christina Pascal has never had a real job...or a real boyfriend. When she isn't teaching yoga or attending classes, she is either getting paid to invent fake relationships for people on the Internet, or she is working to solve cold cases in her hometown of Fate, Georgia-a town tainted by haunting memories of the past.

Christina and her best friends, Tavey and Raquel, were only children when their best friend disappeared-a crime that remains unsolved. Now, sixteen years later, the three friends are hoping to uncover some clues about their friend and other missing children. But what Christina doesn't realize is that her search for the missing has attracted the attention of a serial killer, and he is using fake identities to lure in his victims. Now, Christina fears that she could be his next target.

To complicate matters, a gorgeous FBI agent, Ryan Helmer, is sent in to help Christina with the case, but she doesn't know whether she can trust him, especially when their sizzling chemistry jeopardizes the case…

REVIEW

Strings attached

This was a quick and entertaining read. Looking at the cover, you might be thinking this book is anything from YA to NA. It's actually neither. The lead character, Christina, is a sassy thirty-something who becomes the fixation of a serial killer in her hometown of Fate. You see, Christina has a number of jobs. Her main one is as a yoga instructor. But she also has a secondary income from creating fake social network accounts for people. Complete with cobbled together profile pictures made by mashing up bits of other pictures from around the web, which she then uses to chat as if she's that person for her clients who want to fool people into thinking they have a hot Italian lover or something similar...

If you're thinking that sounds like a totally skeeztastic way to make money, well, you and I—and one of the secondary characters in the book—would be in agreement on that. It's also the reason she becomes the centre of attention for the killer, who sees her as his "creator".

Lastly, her third job, is running a non-profit organization finding missing children. Driven by the devastating loss of one of her own childhood friends. So it's fair to say she's a woman with a lot of irons in the fire, not all things I admire, but overall, she was a good main character who means well, even if she needs direction in some areas. The person to give that direction might just be FBI agent, Ryan Helmer. He's kinda gruff, no-nonsense, and definitely doesn't like Christina's attitude or what she does, but he's drawn to her. Unfortunately the feelings she stirs in him aren't particularly welcome. He's a man who's already been burned once, and so his antagonistic attitude towards her is an instinctual reaction.

These two were entertaining. From their bickering beginnings to the eventual softening. If anything, I would have liked more romance in STRINGS OF FATE. I think it would have definitely upped my rating if I'd felt more satisfied in that area.

So do I recommend this book? Yes, if you're looking for a quick, suspenseful read with a dash of romance.

3 Stars ★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Would you say this book is PG-13? It sounds like something I'd like but "clean" romance is so rare.

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    1. No it's definitely adult. The serial killer stuff alone would be disturbing, and there is a sex scene, though brief.

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